The Mizzou volleyball program has announced its competition schedule for the upcoming spring semester. As some know, the spring season in volleyball is a lot like the spring football season. The team will go through strength and conditioning and is allowed to practice as well, giving the team a chance to prepare for the 2010 season. The 2010 schedule was just recently announced as well. The schedule is highlighted by a trip to Malibu, Calif., for the Pepperdine Invitational.
The competition dates, which feature two home events, are listed below. There will be more information in regards to participating teams and times for the Missouri Invitational as the tournament date approaches.
March 24 vs. Missouri State-West Plains Columbia, Mo.
April 10 KIVA Spring Tournament Louisville, Ky.
April 17 at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa
April 24 Missouri Invitational Columbia, Mo.
Also, as the season concluded, it closed what was perhaps one of the finest single seasons in program history by junior Paola Ampudia. Below are just a few of her accomplishments. Hopefully this chunk of volleyball information can give everyone a little bit to think about before the spring season gets underway.
Notes on Paola Ampudia's 2009 Season:
- First Team All-Big 12 (voted by coaches)
- Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (voted by coaches)
- Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (voted by coaches)
- Broke three school records
o 35 kills - Most in a single match in program history - was also only the second player to hit the 30-kill mark in a four-set match in program history. The other had 30.
§ All-time Big 12 four-set record and Big 12 season high for kills in a single match.
o 26 Kills - Broke Mizzou's three-set kills mark with her 26 kills against Texas A&M. Her 61 swings in the match are also a Mizzou record for three-set matches.
o 78 total attacks - Most in a single match at Mizzou and the only mark in the top 10 that occurred in less than five sets.
- Big 12 Newcomer of the Week four times and Big 12 Player of the Week once.
o Became the only player in Big 12 history to be named Big 12 Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week in the same season.
o Also became the only Tiger to ever win more than three Big 12 Weekly honors in the same season and is the first to do so in back-to-back weeks.
- Had 281 kills over her last 16 matches (the second half of the season, including 14 Big 12 matches), averaging 17.6 per match in that span. Those 281 kills were more than any other player in the Big 12 during that span, including the National Player of the Year runner-up, Destinee Hooker, who finished 21 kills behind Ampudia in that span.
- Finished the season ranked second in the Big 12 in points per set and kills per set during Big 12 play, trailing only Hooker.
- Ampudia's kill-block-dig-point totals against NCAA Tournament teams.
o Texas State - 2-0-1-2.0
o Washington State- 8-0-3-9.0
o Michigan - 2-1-0-2.5
o Oklahoma-- 8-2-3-9.5
o Texas A&M-- 19-1-4-19.5
o Baylor-- 8-3-5-10.0
o Iowa State-- 6-3-4-7.5
o Nebraska* -- 23-6-13-26.5
o Texas*-- 16-0-4-16.0
o Nebraska*-- 22-2-4-24.0
o Texas*-- 7-1-8-8.0
o Oklahoma*-- 21-2-9-22.5
o Iowa State*-- 15-3-9-16.5
o Baylor*-- 19-3-13-20.5
o Texas A&M*-- 26-5-11-28.5 (school record kills in a three-set match)
*- Denotes her matches after Julianna Klein missed time with Mono
- Notable matches in bold.
- Became the 11th player in program history to eclipse 400 kills in a single season and the first to do so in the 25-point set era.
- Finished the season with 202 kills (14 per match), 32 total blocks (2.13 per match) and 91 digs (6.10 per match) during Big 12 play.